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Saab 9-5, Sedan
#1769 of 2237 for Justin
Sep 17, 2004 (8:07 am)
Ahhh - so you know firsthand about VW coil packs!!! (
Yes, if a DI fails the car will not run. When you take delivery of your car, put in a new set of plugs with the proper gap and you should be fine, given the general good reliability of the DI system.
In 2001, the Linear 4 cyl has a Garrett turbo, the Aero has a Mitsubishi turbo. Each uses a different ECU.
The Saab 9-5 uses an Aisin-Warner auto trans, as do some Lexus models. It's perhaps one of the best in the market.
If you could swing the bucks, the 2002 models have a 5-speed A-W auto, improved suspension and more engine HP in both the Linear (185) and Aero (250).
Sep 17, 2004 (8:56 am)
yes, all too familiar with VW. can't help it - i love VW. but gonna try a different Euro brand this time. i thought in 2001 the base turbo 9-5 was increased to 185. are you sure it was 2002?
good to know about the automatic.
thanks for the information. and for the quick responses! i might be in here again once i narrow down a specific car.
#1772 of 2237 2001 v 2002
Sep 17, 2004 (8:59 am)
I thought the HP increase came in 2002 but I could be wrong.
Sep 23, 2004 (8:18 am)
The EPA highway MPG estimate for the 9-5 Linear Sportwagon is 28 MPG. However, I consistently get better highway mileage at the following rates:
55-60 MPH: 34-35 MPG
70-75 MPH: 31-32 MPG
80 MPH (with giant Yakima Spacecase on roof): 28
Do any of you have similar results?
#1775 of 2237 Gas Mileage Indicator
Oct 02, 2004 (8:49 pm)
Maybe the gas usage computer on my 01 is a bit off, but I've never gotten more than 26 mpg doing about 75 on long drives. The car definitely gets mediocre mileage on the regular commute or around the burbs (21-24 mpg), and performs better on long hauls. I do not use the Sport function and am careful witrh the turbo. Someone a few weeks ago mentioned the rusting lugs. If you have the standard warranty, you can get free replacement of these (or so I'm told by the service writer at International Motors here in Northern Virginia). Otherwise the car is a delight and the spacious cabin is a great way to get through daily life.
#1776 of 2237 Cold Start Problems
Oct 05, 2004 (12:10 pm)
Anybody having cold start problems? I have an 03 Arc (V6) with 11K miles. Once a week it stumbles on cold start (ie car sits for 12 hours). Sometimes it stalls completely and other times it stumbles and almost stalls.
Oct 05, 2004 (4:28 pm)
i have to agree with the mpg listed by mpg.
my aero 95 2002 has 70,000 miles and on trips to florida i average 33 mpg ,but,my speeds are 85 to 90 with an average of 79 mph overall.
when driving at 55 i get 42 mpg without the a/c on.
overall mpg around town is 22 to 24.but it can drop to 19 if it is nyc.
holding 65 on a 5 hour trip to vermont from ct. i did 32 mpg going north and on the return at the same speed i got 34 mpg.more of a downhill ,i guess.
#1778 of 2237 MPG/update/question
Oct 06, 2004 (10:10 am)
I get 23 mpg in city driving (average mph 28 per computer over 8000 miles) with my 2002 Linear. I only got 19 when I first got it -- so excited, I guess!
I still love my car and have had no problems over the last 14,000 miles. (I bought used at 14,000 miles) I get a groan at low speed tight turns, too - which I just assume isn't a problem.
For my last oil change the dealer told me I needed new rotors and brake pads and new rear tires for $455 and $385 respectively. This seemed high so I thought I'd look for an independent Saab shop. Does this seem high to you? If so, does anyone have a recommendation for an independent Saab shop in the Boston area (I live in Roslindale). Thanks!